Jakarta, July 27,2010 - A journalist who faithfully writes forest destruction in Kalimantan caused by coal mining companies, was found dead.
Kompas daily's correspondent, Mohammad Syaifullah, commonly called Ful, was found dead in the Kompas bureau chief house in Balikpapan Baru, Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Monday (07/26/2010).
"When I found, Ful is still holding the TV remote. His mouth foamed, and her face was turning blue. However, there's no bruises caused by abuse," said Benny, a Ful close friend since he was a reporter in Samarinda.
To ensure Full cause of death, the family requested an autopsy on his body in Bhayangkara Hospital Balikpapan.
Ful known as a pro-environment journalist. Many of his articles were about his concerns on the forest destruction in Kalimantan, Borneo, caused by the coal mining industries. Even so, the Kompas in Jakarta, denied the link between news written by ful and his death.
According to Ful wife, her husband was indeed suffering from high blood pressure "My husband did have high blood pressure," said Sri Rohmani Isnaniah, Syaiful wife, who came directly from Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan. Isnaniah came with their two children, Dilla and NAZA, accompanied by several family members.
In fact, the destruction of forests in Kalimantan is very severe, due to over-exploitation. The concern for damage to forests in Borneo, not only come from the journalist, but also growing worldwide.
The logging and conversion of forests to coal mining industries' accounts for 80 percent of Indonesia’s total carbon emissions, placing it alongside the United States and China as the world’s top emitters of climate-changing greenhouse gases. The logging—along with mining and the rapidly growing oil palm industry—is carving away huge swaths of the region's forests at a rate faster than anywhere else on Earth.
More than 64 million acres of Indonesia’s forests have been cleared since —an area about tree time of Jakarta. A study by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) place the global rate of tropical deforestation at 17 million ha. per year. A study by the World Resources Institute (WRI) suggests that the figure could be as high as 20.4 million ha. per year.
Everybody knew that the coal mine is the greedy for lands. And gluttony has been contagious to local government officials. In any event, local government officials always campaigned for that Kalimantan coal resource can still be dredged up to 90 years.
There is awrong perception among local governments thatcoalmining is ashortcut to raise local revenues, Coalmineis the "primadona".
In fact, cash revenues (PAD) of the coalmineonlya few percent.As an illustration, fromSouth Kalimantan coalproduction values which reach Rp 22 trillion, for the production of 80-100 million tonnes per annum, which becomes local income (PAD), no more than Rp 1trillion. (various sources)